TOKYO MARATHON 2016 - RECAP
Our Tokyo Marathon team have just returned from the adventure of a lifetime. For many the motivation of a holiday is what helps with the training of a marathon and for a lot of people in our group this sure seemed to be the case. With just 2 of our 25 runners being “First timers”, the rest of the group have enjoyed successful marathons over the years in many incredible cities…New York, London and Paris to name a few.
Over six months of hard yakka training was undertaken by the team. They worked hard and it wasn’t easy training over an Aussie Summer and coping with the Christmas and NY celebrations. There were a few blow outs in the eating and drinking department during this time but all in all the team kept consistent and committed with training and although some niggles caused a bit of grief at times, the guys plugged away with the training.
A training highlight (depending on who you ask) was a few of us running the Two Bay Trail run in January, a gruelling 28km uphill trail run from Dromana to Cape Schank. Whilst some of us were away on the Peninsula, the rest of the group battled out The Kew Boulevard run which as many of our runners know is a tough one! The Sandringham 36ker was another highlight for the group….a fun adventure with 25 of us heading down on the train to Sandringham to run all the way back to ProSport in Richmond.
Race day was a mix of emotions, the guys felt ready but of course a bag of excitement and nerves. The start line was a short walk from our hotel in Shinjuku which meant a nice leisurely start for the team. The course takes in many of the sights including a start outside the Tokyo Government building, Tokyo Tower and Imperial Palace. The fantastic thing about the course in Tokyo is there are a few sections where you cross over which means any of the runners ahead or behind you, you get to see…so lots of high fives and cheers sure helped the morale, with a group of 25 of us there were plenty of familiar faces amongst the tides of people!
The locals are fantastic, offering everything from menthol ice spray for sore muscles to bananas, tomatoes and even chocolate on the course. Whilst we recommend our runners DON’T try new foods on the run it was still amusing to see it all! The crowd is enthusiastic and estimated around 1.6 million. We had a lot of our runners families out on the course cheering us on which was great.
The marathon incorporates downhills, wide roads and flat surfaces and finishes with some nasty little inclines on the bridges through a more desolate area as you head towards the finish at the Tokyo Big Sight Convention Centre. All our hard work on the Kew Boulevard, Anderson Street hill, the MCG inclines and Clowes Street SURE paid off right here. Finally with the finish line in sight all of our runners made it.
Many of our runners obtained PBs on the day, and our two first timers finished strongly. A couple of the guys had a tough run on the day but if a marathon was easy, everyone would do it and its with guts and determination that those not having the best day still got the job done.
We could not be prouder of the Tokyo 2016 team and it was a very well organised, exciting day to be a part of. This race was ticked off as another “World Marathon Major” for our runners and most of them are already looking towards the next one. (Even the two of them who swore this one would be their last…)
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